Israel and the Boston bombings

It may have been coincidental that Monday’s terrorist attack at the Boston marathon coincided with Israel’s Remembrance Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. As Israelis participated in ceremonies mourning the dead, many of whom lost their lives in bombings, innocent Americans were killed and maimed while celebrating Patriots’ Day. The rest of the United States was hit with the realization that the horrors of Sept. 11, 2001, are not a thing of the past.

Mainstream Israel has always grasped this unfortunate fact. Being the target of terror on a daily basis tends to put a damper on wishful amnesia.

This painful reality has some positive side effects, however. It has made the Israeli security services experts at recognizing, preventing and intercepting jihadists. It has led Israeli hospital personnel to excel at handling mass emergencies. It has caused Israeli innovators to wow the world with ingenious prosthetic inventions. And it has provided Israeli medical teams with the kind of training and empathy that enables them to be dispatched to all corners of the globe during natural and other disasters — the kind that require skills such as searching for bodies buried under rubble and setting up field infirmaries.


The Beltway sniper attacks took place during three weeks in October 2002. Ten people were killed and three critically injured in Washington, D.C., Maryland, along Interestate 95 in Virginia. The intense speculation at the time was that a single “white man” was the perpetrator.

When the two men were apprehended it turned out that the carnage was was the work of a Black American Muslim….John Allen Muhammad and a minor Lee Boyd Malvo…Muhammad was convicted and executed in 2009, Malvo remains in prison.

During the rampage the media went into overtime with speculations. Much of the coverage of the case in the New York Times was found to be fabricated, a scandal which forced two top editors Howell Raines and Gerald Boyd to resign. Makes you think huh?

Now here are some interesting facts:

While imprisoned, Malvo wrote diatribes about Jihad “I have been accused on my mission. Allah knows I’m gonna suffer now”, he wrote. Furthermore he wrote about Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.

A series of trial exhibits suggested Malvo and Muhammad were motivated by an affinity for Jihad.

Exhibit 65-006: A self-portrait of Malvo in the cross hairs of a gun scope shouting, “ALLAH AKBAR!” The word “SALAAM” scrawled vertically. A lyric from Bob Marley’s Natural Mystic “Many more will have to suffer. Many more will have to die. Don’t ask me why.”
Exhibit 65-016: A portrait of Saddam Hussein with the words “INSHALLAH” and “The Protector” surrounded by rockets.
Exhibit 65-043: Father and son portrait of Malvo and Muhammad. “We will kill them all. Jihad.”
Exhibit 65-056: A self-portrait of Malvo as sniper, lying in wait, with his rifle. “JIHAD” written in bold letters.
Exhibit 65-067: A suicide bomber labeled “Hamas” walking into a McDonald’s restaurant. Another drawing of the Twin Towers burning captioned: “85 percent chance Zionists did this.” More scrawls: “ALLAH AKBAR,” “JIHAD” and “Islam will explode.”
Exhibit 65-103: A lion accompanies chapter and verse from the Koran (Sura 2:190): “Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you and slay them wherever ye catch them.”
Exhibit 65-109: Portrait of Osama bin Laden, captioned “Servant of Allah.”
Exhibit 65-117: The White House drawn in crosshairs, surrounded by missiles, with a warning: “Sep. 11 we will ensure will look like a picnic to you” and “you will bleed to death little by little.”
Exhibit 65-101: Malvo’s thought for the day: “Islam the only true guidance, the way of peace.”

At the 2006 trial of Muhammad, Malvo testified that the aim of the killing spree was to kidnap children for the purpose of extorting money from the government and to “set up a camp to train children how to terrorize cities”,with the ultimate goal being to “shut things down” across the United States.

John Allen Muhammad converted to Islam in 1985, around the same time he moved from the National Guard into the regular Army, where he was a Sgt. During the first Gulf War, Muhammad may have been involved in a fragging incident where Muhammad allegedly pulled the pin on an incendiary grenade in a crowded tent near the Iraqi border, setting a sergeant’s sleeping bag on fire. No one was injured, but Muhammad was removed from the 84th Engineering company by MPs.


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One of the curious, but also most predictable, responses to the Boston Marathon bombings from the Left has been the fervent expression — amounting nearly to a prayer — that the perpetrator or perpetrators of this act of mass murder be “homegrown,” preferably white, male, Christian, and conservative.

Why? Why does the Left prefer to have its terrorism served up by Timothy McVeigh rather than Durka Durka Mohammed Jihad [1]? It’s an interesting question. That the Left exhibits this prejudice is, like Falstaff’s dishonesty, “gross as a mountain, open, palpable.”

David Sirota, writing at Salon, gives almost comic expression to the genre in an essay with the really special title “Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American.” [2] Why does Mr. Sirota wish that the Boston murderer of 8-year-old boys be a white American? Because a spectral quality called “white male privilege” operates insidiously behind the scenes. If Timmy McVeigh blows up a government building, says Mr. Sirota, only he is blamed. If Mohammed does it, Muslims are likely to be “collectively slandered and/or targeted with surveillance or profiling (or worse).”

What do you think of that argument? I think it’s hooey. For one thing, categories like “white male privilege” are a sort of Leftist version of phlogiston: hypothetical explanatory devices that have the unfortunate attribute of not actually existing. For another, there’s plenty of “collective slander” of Christian fundamentalists (you know, those “bitter” small-towners who “cling to guns or religion [3]”) going around.

A full anatomy of David Sirota’s hope for a great white villain would fill many pages. What I want to note at the moment, however, is how consonant it is with President Obama’s often noted reluctance to employ what Andrew McCarthy calls the “T-word [4]” when commenting on episodes of mayhem and murder.

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Apparently the word “anti-Semitism” is too complicated or too long for the BBC to use, says an e-mail from the News Online complaints team…

The BBC recently reported the story of the Labour Lord who was suspended for claiming that Jews were responsible for his imprisonment after driving offences.

The Labour peer was jailed for sending a text message shortly before his car was involved in a fatal crash. He later said that Jewish owners of “newspapers and TV channels” had put pressure on the court.

Many queried the BBC’s reporting of the incident at the time. In fact, the odd headline, “Labour peer Lord Ahmed suspended after ‘Jewish claims'” is still currently live. Instead of using “anti-Semitism”, the Beeb opted for “Jewish claims”, making the story seem like there were claims by Jewish people leading to Lord Ahmed’s suspension.

Call it clumsy journalism, intentional stupidity, whatever you want – it doesn’t explain the following e-mail exchange that one reader of The Commentator had with the BBC complaints team. Check it out:

READER: Labour peer Lord Ahmed suspended after ‘Jewish claims’ – What jewish claims? there were no ‘jewish claims’ – it was antisemitism. The EUMC Working Definition of antisemitism clearly states that one of its manifestations is: “Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective — such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.” Racism isnt ‘anti-black’ – call it what it is: ANTISEMITISM.

BBC: Thanks for your email and please accept our apologies for the delay in replying. We try and stick as closely as possible to the words used, so, in this case we used ‘Jewish claims’ in the short space available for headlines to summarise his comments.

READER: Thanks for your reply, but with all due respect that is utter nonsense. ‘Jewish claims’ 13 characters. ‘Antisemitism’ 12 characters. Plus one look at the space available in the headline within the URL will tell you that there is/was PLENTY of space to report factually. To say that the misleading and inaccurate headline was due to space available is provably wrong This is not an acceptable response . Please explain as I am considerably unhappy at the dishonest response you have provided.